Prior to beginning any aircraft operations, it is necessary to undertake a
pre-flight check of the aircraft. Every aircraft should be provided with a
checklist. Notwithstanding the importance of thoroughly checking the
aircraft prior to each flight, it is all too common to see pilots walking
round 'going through the motions' but seeing nothing. Recently a pilot did
a preflight walk round but still tried to take off with a large water
container tied to each wing!
is a standard procedure for checking the aircraft, starting at the left
wingtip and moving around clockwise.
below is a typical checklist. This one is used by Vista Aviation for one
of their Cessna 172s.